Santiago del Estero in Argentina has been awarded the International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (INAS) Open Swimming Championships for the Americas.
The event is scheduled to take place at the newly-built Madre de Ciudades swimming pool from August 29 to September 2.
It will be the first regional event of its kind for athletes with intellectual impairments in any INAS sport in the Americas.
Around 160 athletes from 10 countries are scheduled to participate at the historic competition.
INAS President Marc Truffaut said the governing body were hoping the event will provide a blueprint for similar competitions in their other sports and disciplines in the near future.
"These Championships represent a huge step forward in the development of our swimming programme and is something we are working towards in other sports," said Truffaut.
"With a solid World Championships programme in place, athletes now have another high-level competition to train for.
“It will help the development of the sport in the Americas, meeting our commitment to build our regional event programme.
"It will also help to improve the capacity of competition organisers, reflecting the fact that swimming is one of INAS’ biggest and most popular sports.
“The Local Organising Committee have shown a great commitment to hosting a successful event.
"Not only do they want to deliver a fantastic competition, they also want to focus on the bigger picture including promotional activities and the overall athlete experience.
"I am sure it will set the standard for the future.”